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2006–07 West Ham United F.C. season

During the 2006–07 English football season, West Ham United competed in the FA Premier League. They finished the season in 15th place.

West Ham United
2006–07 season
ChairmanTerry Brown (until 21 November)
Eggert Magnússon (from 21 November)
ManagerAlan Pardew (until 11 December)
Alan Curbishley (from 13 December)
StadiumBoleyn Ground
FA Premier League15th
FA CupFourth round
(knocked out by Watford)
League CupThird round
(knocked out by Chesterfield)
UEFA CupFirst round
(knocked out by Palermo)
Top goalscorerBobby Zamora (11, all league)
Average home league attendance34,719

Season summaryEdit

The team started the 2006-2007 campaign brightly, but slipped down the table due to off-field distractions. West Ham were knocked out from UEFA Cup by Italian Serie A side Palermo (0–1 and 0–3) and saw themselves dragged into the relegation zone.

Eventually an Icelandic consortium, led by Eggert Magnússon, bought the club on 26 November 2006.[1] Following a poor run of form leaving the club in 17th position (despite the signing of big name players like Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez, who both failed to perform to expectation for much of the season), the new owners sacked Alan Pardew,[2] replacing him with former West Ham player Alan Curbishley[3] who had recently ended a 15-year spell in charge of Charlton. Curbishley's first game was at home against Manchester United; West Ham won 1–0, but went on to draw at fellow relegation strugglers Fulham, get crushed 6–0 at newly promoted Reading and get knocked out of the FA Cup by rock bottom Premiership team Watford. An end-to-end thriller at home to Tottenham Hotspur ended with West Ham losing 4–3 after having been 3–2 in front with minutes to play, but the bright performance signified a change in form.

At the same time the signings of Mascherano and Tevez were being investigated by the Premier League, who were concerned that details regarding the transfers had been omitted from official records and whether or not the influence of MSI (led by Kia Joorabchian) breached Premier League rules regarding third party ownership of players (rules U.18 and B.13[4]) came into question. The media at this time touted the idea Tevez's contract could be terminated, possibly resulting in a deduction of points for playing an "ineligible" player (despite Premier League statements to the contrary).[5] On 27 April 2007, West Ham pleaded guilty and were handed a record £5.5 million fine by the Premier League, but avoided a points deduction. Liverpool's signing of Mascherano was investigated and he was cleared to play after a two-week delay.

Following the verdict, Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan threatened legal action, supported by other relegation threatened sides including Fulham and Sheffield United: "This is a very serious offence West Ham committed...They broke the law, told blatant lies and should have got a 10-point penalty. If we can sue West Ham or the Premier League, I am sure that will happen."[6] Wigan manager Paul Jewell suggested League officials had intimated they wished to see them relegated.

In a period that came to be known by the club and its fans as "The Great Escape"[7][8] West Ham ultimately escaped relegation by winning seven of their last nine games, including a 1–0 win over Arsenal, and on the last day of the season, defeating newly crowned Premiership champions Manchester United 1–0 to finish outside the relegation zone in 15th. Sheffield, who were relegated, later sued West Ham for up to £30m, and an FA arbitration panel found in their favour.[9] The two clubs settled out of court for an undisclosed sum in 2009.[10]

Final league tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
13 Newcastle United 38 11 10 17 38 47 −9 43
14 Manchester City 38 11 9 18 29 44 −15 42
15 West Ham United 38 12 5 21 35 59 −24 41
16 Fulham 38 8 15 15 38 60 −22 39
17 Wigan Athletic 38 10 8 20 37 59 −22 38
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

SquadEdit

[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Roy Carroll
2   DF Lucas Neill
3   DF Paul Konchesky
4   DF Danny Gabbidon
5   DF Anton Ferdinand
6   DF George McCartney
7   MF Christian Dailly
8   FW Teddy Sheringham
9   FW Dean Ashton
10   FW Marlon Harewood
11   MF Matthew Etherington
12   FW Carlton Cole
13   MF Luís Boa Morte
14   DF John Paintsil
15   MF Yossi Benayoun
17   MF Hayden Mullins
18   DF Jonathan Spector
No. Position Player
19   DF James Collins
20   MF Nigel Reo-Coker (captain)
21   GK Robert Green
22   MF Tony Stokes
23   GK Jimmy Walker
24   MF Mark Noble
25   FW Bobby Zamora
26   MF Shaun Newton
27   DF Calum Davenport
28   MF Kyel Reid
29   MF Lee Bowyer
30   DF James Tomkins
31   GK Marek Štěch
32   FW Carlos Tevez
33   MF Nigel Quashie[11]
35   DF Matthew Upson
37   FW Kepa (on loan from Sevilla)

Left club during seasonEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2   DF Tyrone Mears[12] (on loan to Derby County)
13   GK Stephen Bywater (to Derby County)
13   GK Gábor Király (on loan from Crystal Palace)
No. Position Player
16   MF Javier Mascherano (to Liverpool)
27   FW Hogan Ephraim (on loan to Colchester United)

ResultsEdit

Premier LeagueEdit

League CupEdit

FA CupEdit

UEFA CupEdit

StatisticsEdit

OverviewEdit

Competition Record
P W D L GF GA GD Win %
Premier League 38 12 5 21 35 59 −24 031.58
FA Cup 2 1 0 1 3 1 +2 050.00
League Cup 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 000.00
UEFA Cup 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4 000.00
Total 43 13 5 25 39 66 −27 030.23

GoalscorersEdit

Rank Pos No. Nat Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup UEFA Cup Total
1 ST 25   Bobby Zamora 11 0 0 0 11
2 ST 32   Carlos Tevez 7 0 0 0 7
3 ST 10   Marlon Harewood 3 0 1 0 4
4 ST 12   Carlton Cole 2 1 0 0 3
MF 15   Yossi Benayoun 3 0 0 0 3
MF 17   Hayden Mullins 2 1 0 0 3
MF 24   Mark Noble 2 1 0 0 3
8 ST 8   Teddy Sheringham 2 0 0 0 2
9 MF 13   Luis Boa Morte 1 0 0 0 1
MF 20   Nigel Reo-Coker 1 0 0 0 1
ST 37   Kepa Blanco 1 0 0 0 1
Totals 35 3 1 0 39

League position by matchdayEdit

Matchday1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
GroundHAAHHAHAAHHAAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHA
ResultWDLDLLLLLWWLLWLLLWDLLLDDLLLLLWWWLLWWWW
Position214811151618191615161615171818181818181818181818181920191919191919181715
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Appearances and goalsEdit

No. Pos Nat Player Total Premier League FA Cup League Cup UEFA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 GK   Roy Carroll 16 0 12 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
21 GK   Robert Green 27 0 26 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Defenders
2 DF   Tyrone Mears 6 0 3+2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2 DF   Lucas Neill 12 0 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
3 DF   Paul Konchesky 25 0 22 0 0 0 0+1 0 2 0
4 DF   Daniel Gabbidon 22 0 18 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
5 DF   Anton Ferdinand 34 0 31 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
6 DF   George McCartney 25 0 16+6 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
7 DF   Christian Dailly 17 0 10+4 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
14 DF   John Paintsil 7 0 3+2 0 0+1 0 1 0 0 0
18 DF   Jonathan Spector 28 0 17+8 0 1+1 0 0 0 1 0
19 DF   James Collins 17 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
27 DF   Calum Davenport 6 0 5+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 DF   Matthew Upson 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Midfielders
11 MF   Matthew Etherington 30 0 24+3 0 0+1 0 0+1 0 0+1 0
13 MF   Luis Boa Morte 16 1 8+6 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
15 MF   Yossi Benayoun 32 3 25+4 3 1 0 0 0 1+1 0
16 MF   Javier Mascherano 7 0 3+2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
17 MF   Hayden Mullins 32 3 21+9 2 1 1 1 0 0 0
20 MF   Nigel Reo-Coker 39 1 35 1 1 0 1 0 2 0
24 MF   Mark Noble 11 3 10 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
26 MF   Shaun Newton 5 0 0+3 0 1+1 0 0 0 0 0
28 MF   Kyel Reid 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
29 MF   Lee Bowyer 22 0 18+2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
33 MF   Nigel Quashie 8 0 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Forwards
8 FW   Teddy Sheringham 20 2 4+13 2 0+1 0 0+1 0 0+1 0
10 FW   Marlon Harewood 35 4 19+13 3 0 0 1 1 1+1 0
12 FW   Carlton Cole 21 3 5+12 2 2 1 0 0 1+1 0
25 FW   Bobby Zamora 37 11 27+5 11 1+1 0 1 0 1+1 0
32 FW   Carlos Tevez 29 7 19+7 7 1 0 0 0 2 0
37 FW   Kepa 8 1 1+7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

TransfersEdit

InEdit

Date Pos. Name From Fee
8 June 2006 MF   Lee Bowyer   Newcastle United Undisclosed[13]
15 June 2006 DF   Jonathan Spector   Manchester United £500,000[14]
5 July 2006 ST   Carlton Cole   Chelsea Undisclosed[15]
6 July 2006 DF   Tyrone Mears   Preston North End £1m[16]
1 August 2006 DF   John Paintsil   Hapoel Tel-Aviv £1m[17]
8 August 2006 DF   George McCartney   Sunderland £1m[18]
16 August 2006 GK   Robert Green   Norwich City £2m[19]
31 August 2006 MF   Javier Mascherano   Corinthians Undisclosed[20]
ST   Carlos Tevez
18 November 2006 GK   Gábor Király   Crystal Palace Loan[21]
5 January 2007 MF   Luis Boa Morte   Fulham £5m[22]
9 January 2007 MF   Nigel Quashie   West Bromwich Albion £1.75m[23]
18 January 2007 DF   Calum Davenport   Tottenham Hotspur Undisclosed[24]
22 January 2007 DF   Lucas Neill   Blackburn Rovers Undisclosed[25]
22 January 2007 ST   Kepa Blanco   Sevilla Loan[26]
31 January 2007 DF   Matthew Upson   Birmingham City £7.5m[27]

OutEdit

Date Pos. Name To Fee
14 June 2006 ST   Yaniv Katan   Maccabi Haifa Loan[28]
16 June 2006 DF   Elliott Ward   Coventry City £1m[29]
1 July 2006 GK   Stephen Bywater   Derby County Undisclosed
1 July 2006 GK   Shaka Hislop   FC Dallas Free[30]
1 July 2006 DF   Trent McClenahan   Hereford United Free
1 July 2006 DF   Chris Cohen   Yeovil Town Free
1 July 2006 MF   Sekou Baradji   Tours Free
1 July 2006 ST   Petr Mikolanda   Mladá Boleslav Free
29 July 2006 MF   Carl Fletcher   Crystal Palace £400,000[31]
8 August 2006 DF   Clive Clarke   Sunderland £400,000[32]
18 August 2006 MF   Mark Noble   Ipswich Town Loan[33]
31 January 2007 MF   Javier Mascherano   Liverpool Undisclosed[34]
31 January 2007 DF   Tyrone Mears   Derby County Loan[35]
10 March 2007 MF   Shaun Newton   Leicester City Loan[36]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "West Ham accept £85m takeover bid", BBC news report, 21 November 2006. Retrieved 11 June 2007.
  2. ^ "Pardew sacked as West Ham manager", BBC news report, 11 December 2006. Retrieved 11 June 2007.
  3. ^ "Curbishley named West Ham manager", BBC news report, 13 December 2006. Retrieved 7 June 2007.
  4. ^ Daily Mail article on fine.
  5. ^ West Ham handed record £5.5m fine
  6. ^ Whelan on Warpath
  7. ^ ,"Where are they now? The Great Escape '07". whufc.com. West Ham United. 13 May 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  8. ^ Whetstone, Sean (13 May 2017). "Ten year anniversary of the great escape". claretandhugh. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  9. ^ Dollard, Rory (23 September 2008). "Sheffield Utd win ruling against West Ham over Tevez". The Independent. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  10. ^ Kelso, Paul (13 March 2009). "West Ham and Sheffield United reach out-of-court settlement over Carlos Tevez affair". The Telegraph. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  11. ^ Quashie was born in Southwark, London, England, and has represented England at U-21 and B-level, but also qualified to represent Scotland internationally through his grandfather and made his international debut for Scotland in May 2004.
  12. ^ Mears was born in Chadderton, England, but would represent Jamaica in an international friendly game in 2009 despite not being eligible to do so.
  13. ^ "West Ham sign midfielder Bowyer". BBC News. 8 June 2006.
  14. ^ "West Ham sign Man Utd's Spector". BBC News. 15 June 2006.
  15. ^ "Hammers sign Chelsea striker Cole". BBC News. 5 July 2006.
  16. ^ "Mears completes West Ham switch". BBC News. 6 July 2006.
  17. ^ "West Ham sign Ghana's Paintsil". The Irish Times. 1 August 2006.
  18. ^ "West Ham sign McCartney from Sunderland". The Irish Times. 8 August 2006.
  19. ^ "Hammer Green eyes England recall". BBC News. 16 August 2006.
  20. ^ "West Ham sign Tevez & Mascherano". BBC News. 31 August 2006.
  21. ^ "Hammers land Kiraly". Sky Sports. 18 November 2006.
  22. ^ "Curbishley splashes the cash with Boa Morte signing". Independent. 5 January 2007.
  23. ^ "Quashie joins West Ham in £1.75m deal". The Telegraph. 9 January 2007.
  24. ^ "Hammers agree Davenport deal". The Guardian. 18 January 2007.
  25. ^ "West Ham in double swoop for Neill and Kepa Blanco". The Guardian. 22 January 2007.
  26. ^ "West Ham in double swoop for Neill and Kepa Blanco". The Guardian. 22 January 2007.
  27. ^ "West Ham finally get Upson for record fee". Independent. 1 February 2007.
  28. ^ "Katan leaves Hammers in loan deal". BBC News. 14 June 2006.
  29. ^ "Coventry recruit West Ham's Ward". BBC News. 16 June 2006.
  30. ^ "FC Dallas signs World Cup goalkeeper Shaka Hislop". MLS Soccer. 22 January 2010.
  31. ^ "Palace sign West Ham's Fletcher". BBC News. 29 July 2006.
  32. ^ "West Ham sign McCartney from Sunderland". The Irish Times. 8 August 2006.
  33. ^ "Noble and Walton sign for Ipswich". BBC News. 18 August 2006.
  34. ^ "Liverpool cleared to sign Mascherano". The Guardian. 31 January 2007.
  35. ^ "Derby sign defender Mears on loan". BBC News. 1 February 2007.
  36. ^ "Leicester sign midfielder Newton". BBC News. 10 March 2007.